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FAQ's for Maternity + Nursing Wardrobe

What size maternity bra should I buy? Most women buy maternity nursing bras during their second trimester. You will most likely need to buy a bra that is one band size larger and 1-3 cup sizes larger than your "regular" bras. Does wearing the wrong bra decrease milk supply? Yes! Wearing a poorly fitting bra or the wron...

Travelling, Pumping & Working... Jessica Writes

It is a great time to travel when your new bundle of joy is right in your arms, and breastfeeding because your baby is with you is really great!  

Now, the hard part, if you are travelling and pumping and working?!!

Our friend Jessica Shortall has writen an excellent book, part mom story, part 411, from her wild travel experiences working for TOMS (yes the famous shoe company).  

 You can buy her book at Amazon or many other places.

Work, Pump, Repeat; Jessica Shortall Breastfeeding Pumping Working Mom

 

 Here is the link to her info-graphic

Below is the text of her info-graphic on breastfeeding + pumping while travelling/working.

 1. Call ahead

Call the client office, conference center, or venue where you'll be spending time. Find a friendly person and straight-up tell them you're breastfeeding and need their help identifying a private place to pump, and a fridge to store milk.

2.  Prepare for the airport

Pack your individual breast pump parts in ziploc bags in case the TSA worker wants to inspect them.  Minimize your carry-ons, because you'll have a bag or cooler full of milk on your way home.  

**Print this TSA provided link that says you're allowed to travel with a pump and as much breastmilk as you want.

https://www.tsa.gov/traveling-formula-breast-milk-and-juice

3.  Learn to pump in a bathroom

 Family restrooms are the best because they have outlets and counters and sinks. But in a bind, you can use your pump's battery pack and stand in a stall with the pump bag hung on the door hook. Throw the pump parts in a Ziploc and worry about washing them later.

4. Hotel

If they won't give you a fridge, say "FOR MEDICAL REASONS" until they cave. If they make you use the minibar, tell them that you expect not to be charged for moving stuff out of there. And if there just is no fridge, demand access to a kitchen fridge for your "medicine." Get the location of this fridge in writing so you can help the morning shift-worker find it when you check out.

Supplies List-

- Reusable, lined lunchbag (for bringing milk home) for 1-2 day trip

- Soft-sided 6-pack cooler for 3-7 day trip

- Lots of large, slider-top Ziploc bags

- More breastmilk storage bags than you think you'll need

- Gel ice packs (in a pinch, get a flight attendent or airport bartender to put ice in some empty breastmilk storage bags)

- A big shawl in case you need to pump somewhere less-than-private

 - Book: Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work by Jessica Shortall Abrams Image, out September 8, 2015 www.workpumprepeat.com

*Took a little liberty to add a few items:

- We recommend packing  2-4 Bella Materna Nursing Bras, Nursing Tanks, Nursing Gowns, Nursing Essentials. you will need to have these key tools while you are on the road.  We have underwire or wirefree nursing bras available to fit 32-44 B-J cups.

Smooth Wirefree Nursing Bra by Bella MaternaSexy TShirt Nursing Bra

- Breast Leak Prevention

we have 2 options:

 

Lily Padz Silicone prevents leaks - these are nice because you only need 1 pair, less bulk, easier to travel, easy to clean, quick to dry.  When you notice they are not sticking, that indicates when they need to be cleaned.  Use your body soap or shampoo to clean them.

Bamboo Travel Nursing Pads - if you leak be sure you have these extra soft and easy to use Bamboo Disposable Nursing Pads.  Made with the absolute best materials, Eco Pure, and extra milk barrier to ensure no leaks make their way.  

Bamboo Travel Nursing Pad

 

 

Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

Anne

Bella Materna|President|Mom

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers

Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers

The ACA requires new private health insurance plans, including those available in the new health insurance marketplaces, to provide coverage for specified women’s preventive health services with no cost sharing (e.g., copayment, coinsurance, or deductible). Breastfeeding support, supplies and lactation counseling are one of these specified preventive services.

I appreciate that it is covered under 'preventive services', because breastfeeding prevents disease! Why NOT breastfeed or use breastmilk banks?

exerpt from National Confrence for State Legislators:

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

February 2014; material added June 30, 2014

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a special focus on providing newly required coverage for a wide range of health preventive and screening services.  In particular, the 63 distinct preventive services listed below must be covered without the enrollee having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet a deductible. This coverage began back in September 2010 for some newly issued health plans; effective January 1, 2014, it applies much more broadly, to plans offered in the individual, small, and some large group markets.  There are and can be exceptions for some grandfathered employer plans and policies bought by persons who are exempt from the individual coverage mandate. For commercial health insurance, both inside and outside of health exchanges, this no-cost feature applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.  The material and service-specific links below includes material posted online by HHS at www.healthfinder.gov/prevention.  

 

Also, I found this link Getting Ready to Breastfeed on Health Finder and this link with helpful planning answers on Womens Health to be a good tool for pregant moms planning to breastfeed (yeah!!). 

New goal for USA is 82% of all babies breastfed by 2020.

 

pregnancy is beautiful at bellamaterna.com

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding are beautiful!

For more information:

Hopefully this has been helpful to you, finding resources to help make the transition to breastfeeding an easier one!  

If you need help finding the best maternity bras or breastfeeding bras, please contact us.  We are experts in ascertaining which nursing bras will work for you in the long run, and estimating your size and product needs. We love supporting our breastfeeding moms, with full bust nursing bras wirefree or underwire, with nursing accessories and nursing clothing to suit your specific needs.

Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

Anne

Bella Materna|President|Mom

Health Awareness: Breastfeeding is challenging.

Breastfeeding is challenging.

Despite the many rewards and health benefits of breastfeeding, it can be challenging. For example:

  • Being the sole source of nutrition for your infant is not always easy.
  • Many nursing mothers have sore nipples, breast engorgement (very full breasts) when their “milk comes in”, and occasionally breast infections that require treatment with antibiotics.
  • Some women have had breast surgery that can reduce the amount of human milk they produce. These women may have to feed their infants with formula in addition to the milk they produce.
  • Breastfeeding can be stressful. For instance, a lack of support by family, social network and/or colleagues can cause discomfort and anxiety.
  • If you are a breastfeeding mother, one way to reduce stress is to make sure that you continue to take care of yourself, including developing support networks with friends and family and other women who are breastfeeding.
  • Stay in touch with your healthcare providers about ongoing medical or mental health conditions.

While breastfeeding offers many benefits to mom and baby, it may not be the right infant feeding choice for everyone.

  • Some women may have physical challenges that make breastfeeding and/or pumping breast milk difficult or impossible.
  • Others may have personal reasons why breastfeeding is not the right choice.
  • Some women may take certain medications that make breastfeeding impossible.
  • Milk Banks can provide breastmilk if mothers are unable to provide it.  Click here to learn more and find a location near you
  • North America: Human Milk Banking Association of North America.   
  • United Kingdom: United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking
  • Europe: European Milk Banking 

Every mother is unique. Work with your healthcare provider to decide on the best method for you and your baby.

Resources * 

* Resources listed are helpful, but do not replace the advise of your medical professional, always contact them for information on the best care for you and your baby.
    Thanks to the USA Vetrans Affairs site for this reference information.

    If you need help finding the best maternity bras or breastfeeding bras, please contact us.  We are experts in ascertaining which nursing bras will work for you in the long run, and estimating your size and product needs. We love supporting our breastfeeding moms, with full bust nursing bras wirefree or underwire, with nursing accessories and nursing clothing to suit your specific needs.

    Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

    Anne

    Bella Materna|President|Mom

    Tips for sucessful breast pumping

    Tips for sucessful breast pumping
    Just in case you cannot see the image above; here is the information in copy form:

    when babies start to breast-feed, they suckle
    with rapid sucking motions and low suction strength
    – this causes the milk to release by stimulating
    the milk release reflex.

    this effect can be replicated by starting
    with a higher cycle level (e.g. 8 bars)
    and selecting a weaker vacuum. when the
    milk begins to release, reduce the cycles
    by pressing the down arrow and strengthen
    the vacuum by pressing the up-arrow until
    you find the most comfortable level for you.
    the milk ejection reflex may occur later
    when pumping than when breast feeding.
    these 8 adjustable settings are only
    available with our electric breast pump

    the following measures may be helpful:
    ~ massage the breast before pumping.
    ~ relax and think about your baby.
    ~ gaze at a picture of your baby.
    ~ apply a warmed compress to the breast
    ~ warm the cone or funnel of the breast shell
    ~the ardo draw down cycle is longer than other pumps,
    which allows you to pump more milk for each cycle.
    ~ use the opti tip; included in all ardo electric pumps.
    it helps optimize the suction.
    ~ remember that your breast milk is the best
    ~remember that you are her/his perfect mom
    ~ drink water while pumping, take care of yourself
    Good luck and keep up the good work - you are the BEST MOM!
    Please feel free to call with questions.

    What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

    This article suggests it could be valuable to breastfeed; even if you are formula feeding. The act of breastfeeding or ‪#‎allattateli‬ garners healthy response in newborns. There is more to it than just the milk!

    "Breastfeeding mothers show a greater level of [brain] responses to baby's cry compared with formula-feeding mothers in the first month postpartum," Kim said. "It's just really interesting. We don't know if it's the act of breastfeeding or the oxytocin or any other factor."

    See whole article from The Atlantic here.

     

     

    Bella Materna has saved my breastfeeding life...

    This is a letter from one of our customers...our mission for each new mom - help make your new-mom experience the best possible!  We work each day to offer the best in customer service and product for you! We hope this letter is as inspiring to you as it was to us! - Anne

     

    "Bella Materna has saved my breastfeeding life. After being "fitted" at 3 very reputable maternity bra retailers; I had a collection of underwire and non-underwire nursing bras that gave minimal support, "dug-in" somewhere by the end of the day, and looked institutional to say the least.  I was also told by several medical providers and other maternity retailers that I could not wear an underwire due to multiple bouts of mastitis, "underwire bras can cause mastitis".

    Well, Bella Materna proved all of that wrong, and gave me a new view on maternity bra design/construction, maternity bra fitting, and maternity bra beauty. They understand that a woman with a DD chest prior to having a baby needed support, not just a bra that covers and gives nursing access. They understand that fitting in a bra is not just covering everything with a standard cup size on a standard band size; they know classic bra design and fit. They understand that maternity bras can be beautiful and functional at the same time. They understand that breastfeeding is one of the most important developmental aspects of a child & mothers life. They helped me continue to breastfeed by keeping my breasts supported, separated, and accessible (in an underwire & non-underwire) while taking any of my question or concern calls or showroom visits with a professional and empathetic ear.

    That is why I will always recommend Bella Materna to any breastfeeding mother. That is why I only thought of Bella Materna when I gave birth to my second child 7 weeks ago. Even though I now live on the opposite coast of the US, they have been equally as helpful and supportive with fit, product, shipping and return questions and concerns. You can tell this business is run by passionate, empathetic, professional women! Thank you for keeping me comfortable & perfectly positioned to give my children the best nutritional start in life!

    P.S. I even wear the bras when I am done breastfeeding, and I plan to continue to wear them even when I am no longer having children. They are high quality, beautiful and worth every penny!"

    --Jaami